Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Basket


If you haven't yet, please take a second to enter my 400 follower giveaway!

I have a cute little Easter Basket to share today!! I actually used Sweet Treats to make this 6"x6" basket. It required only one cut on my Cricut, one border punch and one sentiment block punch.
I used the very first image from the Sweet Treats cartridge, using the cupcake wrapper function key. I cut it at 11 1/2" (as large as I could on the 12" x 12" Cricut mat). I added the bunny from Give a Hoot (cut at 2 1/2"). I also cut a 11 1/2" x 1 1/4" strip of paper for the handle and two 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" pieces to reinforce the bottom of the basket as well as two 3 1/2" x 1 1/4" pieces to reinforce the handles.

Here is the Gypsy file for the project if you'd like to make your own:
Bunny_cupcake_box.gypsy on 4 Shared

I used an EK Success punch for the top edge of the basket and the handle.  The punch is called "Dotted Wave." I also used another EK Success punch for the label (Journal Plate). The sentiment is from Close to my Heart, and the stamped egg is a Studio G stamp. I added three little purple buttons tied with white twine.

I went totally crazy with the Gelly Roll white gel pen!! :)  I really love the white pen on the dark colors! I used my MS scoreboard to score the basket, then I added the gel pen stitches before I assembled the basket.

For the little bunny window, I glued a piece of acetate (actually I used the plastic packaging that the Cricut Cartridges come in) to the inside of the basket. Then I used Sticky Strip to assemble the box.

After I reinforced the handle, I attached them with a little purple brad. Here you can see how I used the Dotted Wave border punch to decorate the handle of the basket too.

I popped the Easter egg up on Pop Dots. I punched the tag twice, once in white and once in purple. I cut the purple into quadrants so I could arrange them like a shadow on the sentiment tag. I inked the tag in Rio Purple with my finger dauber.

Ha ha, look at that yummy  adorable chocolate bunny peeking out of the basket!
I added some clear nail polish to the knots on my little twine bows.  I find that my twine loosens a bit so I drop some nail polish to hold it nice and tight.

There is lots of room for treats in this mini basket.  If you choose not to add Easter grass you could even decorate the bottom of your basket.

Just in case you missed it, here is the Gypsy file for this project:

You can easily re-purpose this project for a gift bag,  treat bag or packaging for handmade cards, etc.

Challenges:
post signature

27 comments:

Pat N. said...

OMG, this is simply adorable! Terrific job, and thanks so much for sharing such detailed instructions. I have one question. You say you scored the basket and then used your gel pen. Are you saying you follow the scored line to draw your stitching?! Is that why it's so straight?--Pat N.

Nicole said...

Great little basket! I love the bunny window! So cute! Thanks for playing with us at CCC!

Sharon said...

I love it!!! You did a fantastic job!! I bet the chocolate bunny was yummy!! LOL :)

crazyaboutcricut said...

This is AWSOME Cheryl! I like how you used the plastic from the carts, and the tip about putting the gel pen stitching BEFORE you assemble! haha, that would be something I'd prob forget :P

GiGi said...

Oh how cute! And thats really nice of you to offer the G file! Thanks for playing at CTO!

Dilsaver Designs said...

What a great basket, love the color you chose with the white stitching!! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO :)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

So Cute! Love how nice and big it is!

Jeri said...

What a great way to put the cupcake holder to use. I love your basket. I sure would like to get one full of yummy chocolate. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Cricut Cardz.

Dixie said...

Terrific basket! You put a lot of detail and thought into it, and it sure shows. I especially love all the "stitching". Just wonderful! :0)

Linda said...

That basket is SOOO cute!! Thanks for sharing & joining us @ CTO this week!! :)
Linda :)
www.fancyframework.com

Linda said...

That basket looks so YUMMY!! :) Thanks for sharing & joining us @ CTO this week!! :)
Linda :)
www.fancyframework.com

Adrian said...

Wow, such an awesome project! thanks for joinign us @ CTO!

Amber said...

This is adorable! I love the cut-out! You always have the cutest creations Cheryl! Thanks for celebrating the occasion with us this week!

Tracy ~ Craft Junkie Too said...

Love it Cheryl.... The bunny is so adorable and love all of the pen stitching. I have very little patience for that much but it looks AWESOME!! :)
Tracy

shelly said...

so very cute. i like how you used this as a basket. cute idea to have bunny peeking :) thanks for playing along with us at cricutcardz :)

girlia said...

Really cute project. It is very generous of you to offer the gypsy file. Thanks for playing along with us this week at CTO

Maquel said...

Great job!!! I love your project!! Your stitching is fabulous! Thanks for joining us at CTO!!

Maquel
http://papermaineiac.blogspot.com

CraftyJAR said...

Love this box. I love that it isn't pastel and still looks like an Easter project. Thanks for joining us at CTO!
Judy

DebbyP said...

Your stiching is so neat and this basket is so cute. Thanks for the idea about using nail polish for the end of your twine.
TTFN

alwayscharlie said...

THIS IS A GREAT BASKET. SO CUTE

Nadia's World said...

What an awesome basket!!! Love It!! I love all the attention to detail... Great Job!

Thanks for sharing and playing along with CTO!!

Nicole T.

{PaperCrafterAnonymous} said...

this is too cute

Melissa said...

What a cute basket, just perfect for a child, great job, thanks so much for Celebrating the Occasion with us!

Ive_Boricua_Girl said...

This is so cute.. love your basket....

thanks for playing with us at CTO..

Ivette-DT

Amy said...

Really cute basket!! Such perfect details -- That wave punch is fabulous for this!! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your talent at Celebrate The Occasion this week!!

A new challenge starts on Tuesday -- I sure hope you'll join us again!! :)

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com

Lisa said...

What a fun basket...I love it! Thanks so much for playing along this week at CTO! :o)

Lisa
http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

Very cute, thanks so much for joining CCC!